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Formalin scare in fish: tricks to remove formalin from fish


We Assamese people love to eat fish. Assam's love for fish is legendary. For an Assamese a meal without fish is incomplete. The local fishes found in river Brahmaputra and its different sub-rivers cannot fulfill the needs of Assamese people. So we rely on imported fish from different parts of India. The temporary ban on imported fish in Assam due to discovery of formalin in fish is called off. But still some public are scared of eating imported fish. Formalin is a solution of formaldehyde in water used to preserve biological specimens. But formalin is not fit to preserve fish or any other edible things. But some fish traders  are reported to use formalin in fish to prevent it's decay and to increase shelf life, while  transporting within domestic markets. Consuming formalin laced fish may cause cancer. So the Assam government banned imported fish after getting formalin in fish for few days. But now the ban is over,  but we still have some fear in mind . In this case following are the steps we should follow while and after buying imported fish:

• According to source fish laced with formalin will have no fishy smell and will have no flies around.  So remember this important things while buying fish from the fish market.

• After buying fish wash the fish under running water for 10-15 times.

• Rub fish with salt.  Then again wash under running water properly.

• You can also use vinegar.  Mix 1 cup of vinegar in 1 litre of water.  Soak fish in that vinegar water for 10-15 minutes, then wash under ordinary running water. 

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